When we say that the public is also to be blamed for messy situation we are in, does that mean that the baby girl who was born last night in a remote village in Myanmar border is also to be blamed?
Let’s be specific. ‘Public’ is a heterogeneous group with angels and demons and every type in between. Generalizing the blame is not just for those who are not corrupt yet suffer for someone else’s faults. Blaming the public is a favorite prop politicians use to legitimise their actions.
But let’s face this truth: Politicians are homogeneous in so far as corruption is concerned. By virtue of their power and position, the magnitude of one’s corruption is larger than that of a hundred corrupt public. Therefore, let us be specific as to who is at the root of the problem. If what they say is true that what they accumulate goes back to the people during election, what about the mansions they build? Do those palaces ever go back into circulation? Do those cars become public transport after their retirement?
A lie has been sold and we buy it and say, ‘Ah we are also responsible’. Majority of us are not responsible. Some are responsible. Now, you may say that all of them are not the same. Some are more religious, no doubt. But show me one of them who is more religious and I will show you a hypocrite.
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